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Ellis County Courthouse

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Address: 101 W Main St, Waxahachie, TX 75165-0405
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Carved Faces

We walked around the building and my friend explained that the architect added interesting faces into the carving. At the beginning of construction he was in love with a woman... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked around the building and my friend explained that the architect added interesting faces into the carving. At the beginning of construction he was in love with a woman and carved her beautiful face into the columns. But she cheated on him and the carved faces became uglier and uglier.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning courthouse, big blocks of granite all around the base. Faces carved in stone on all four corners. Gargoyles for drainage and stone birds on top. Beautifully lit at night and fun to see during the day.

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Weatherford, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Free parking. Self guided. Well marked and labeled. Inside an old building that was a department store. The two top floors were the masonic Lodge. Lots of textiles.

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Thank TravelinTexans77
Gahanna, Ohio
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Claims to be the most photographed courthouse. Not sure how anyone would know that but it is beautiful and the area around it has lots of shops and restaurants. It is quite enjoyable to spend the day exploring the area!

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Thank Kristen A
Wisconsin
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We had an opportunity to walk around the building and read the informational signs. The building has beautiful architecture and a great history. We were not able to get inside but it was worth the time we spent..

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great story behind the architect. Ask at the museum or any local shop owner for info! I love shopping the square. Local people are friendly and I really like shopping there. The courthouse is a beautiful anchor for the downtown area.

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Thank ktwski2017
Arkansas City, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

It's like walking back in time. One feels they could be setting in a western movie from the 1800's while inside the building especially in a courtroom. Quite amazing. We walked entirely around the building before finding the one entrance - wheelchair ramp area. Was rather surprised to find the staircase is the central focal point inside the building. Definitely... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This is a beautiful old court house. If you like fancy, this is it. Pictures other have added tell the story better than I.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Wonderful, historical courthouse with a very insightful tour available. Great shaded courtyard right in the center of town with lots of shopping.

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Reviewed 6 December 2016

The architecture is beautiful inside and out of this historic structure! The guide we had the day we visited was very interesting and informative. I don't know though if guides are available on a daily basis or if it was just because of the Texas Country Reporter festival.

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